Service user involvement in clinical psychology training, including teaching, is enshrined in current policy. Department of Health policy emphasises the importance of involving service users and carers in all aspects of health care planning and delivery. The HCPC Standards of Education and Training require clinical psychology training programmes to demonstrate evidence of the contribution that stakeholders, including service users, make in curriculum planning processes.

Service user involvement in training is important, as it can: –

  • Provide valuable and positive contact with people who have experienced mental health problems and/or used psychological services
  • Give trainees a different perspective on what is important in our encounters with clients
  • Emphasise the importance of collaborative ways of working
  • Emphasise a community psychology perspective and a holistic view of mental health
  • Help trainees to see user-run groups as legitimate community resources

(Harper, Goodbody & Steen, 2003)

On the Lancaster programme we are keen to ensure that the views and opinions of service users are represented as much as possible in the training experiences of our trainees, both through direct contact e.g. in teaching, and by helping to shape the way in which the programme is run.


The Lancaster University Public Involvement Network (LUPIN) aims to increase public involvement in the Lancaster Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. LUPIN was set up in early 2008 and its members include current and former users of clinical psychology services, carers, programme staff and trainee clinical psychologists. We are clear that staff members and trainees can also be current or historical service users and/or carers and we welcome this perspective.

LUPIN and the course are working together to make sure that a public involvement perspective is woven throughout all aspects of the DClinPsy programme. This is to improve the experience of training so that trainees learn from the experiences of service users and carers.

The aims of LUPIN are:

  • To audit and increase current public involvement in all aspects of the clinical psychology doctoral programme;
  • To offer advice and guidance to all stakeholders involved in the programme, including those attending relevant programme committees.

LUPIN members are involved in a range of work on the programme including selection interviews for trainees, teaching, advising on trainee research projects and membership of programme committees. LUPIN is also linked into various groups both locally and nationally that help to promote the involvement of service users and carers in clinical psychology and wider services.

LUPIN monthly forum

LUPIN members, programme staff and trainees, are all invited to a monthly virtual forum. The forum acts as a way for people to get to know each other, and to keep people in regular contact.  Attendees are invited to share a topic of their choice at the forum. This may be about lived experience in relation to mental health, it may be expertise on a particular topic, or it may simply be sharing an interest or a hobby.  It is hoped that the monthly forum creates a culture of trainees, programme staff and LUPIN members all being connected.

LUPIN steering group

The LUPIN steering group meets every three months, and aims to guide the overall strategy of service user and carer involvement with the course. We are keen to encourage trainee representation on the LUPIN steering group; there are places for at least one trainee from each cohort. If you are interested in becoming involved please get in touch with the staff team who facilitate LUPIN: –

Fleur Hodgson: Suzanne Hodge:

LUPIN Terms of Reference